Small Business

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Small business plays a huge role in the Irish economy:

  • It accounts for 95% of businessess
  • There are 200,000 businessess with fewer than 50 employees
  • 750,000 people are employed by small businesses


Small business owners and managers face many unique challenges, but one challenge they face in common with their larger counterparts is the obligation to provide a safe and healthy place of work. The legal duty and moral responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace applies as much to small business and the self-employed as it does to large employers. In the following sections you will find practical information and guidance in relation to small businesses.

You will also find useful information in other sections of the 'Small Business' site including BeSMART.ie our free online safety statement and risk assessment tool so please take the time to browse.

For further information:

The Health and Safety Authority can answer your questions in relation to workplace safety, health and welfare.  Call our workplace contact unit on 1890 289 389 weekdays between 9am and 5pm to talk to one of our team.